WASHINGTON — D.C. Council candidate A.J. Cooper has died at age 34.
According to a statement on Cooper’s election website he died suddenly after
complaining about chest pains and dizziness Wednesday morning.
Cooper announced last month that he would run to fill out the remainder of
Muriel Bowser’s Ward 4 council seat after she won the mayoral election. Her
term begins in January.
According to his Elect A.J. Cooper Facebook page, Cooper got engaged
over Thanksgiving to a Miss Ryan Palmer.
“He was excited about beginning a life with Ryan and being more involved in
the life of the city. He was loved by many and will be truly missed,” reads a
post on the page.
Cooper, who graduated from the University of Maryland, joined the Marine Corps
and graduated from Officer Candidate School. As a high school and college student, Cooper hosted Black Entertainment Television’s “Teen Summit” program.
After the Marines, Cooper redirected his energy to helping young people in the
District, working to cut teen pregnancy rates.
Stay with WTOP for updates on this developing story.
goes out to the family of AJ Cooper who tragically passed away this morning.
He was a positive force & touched the lives of many.
— Vincent C.
Gray (@mayorvincegray) December
Sad to hear of the passing of
@electajcooper. A young,
talented and proud Washingtonian who worked tirelessly to make DC a better
— MurielBowser (@MurielBowser) December 3,
Completely overwhelmed by the
passing of my good friend, Jay Cooper. May he rest in peace.
McDuffie (@kenyanmcduffie) December
Today, I lost a friend, and the
District of Columbia lost a public servant. Rest in peace, AJ Cooper. pic.twitter.com/pR0036SNSV
R. McDuffie (@CM_McDuffie) December 3,
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